Whitney Knight-Rorie

EL Specialist

Whitney Knight Rorie
NBCT, M.A in English/Linguistics, B.S. in Secondary English Education, TESOL, and Spanish


Hello! My name is Whitney Knight-Rorie, and I'm the EL Instructional Specialist for DeSoto County Secondary Schools. Prior to leading teachers, I served as an EL teacher at Southaven Elementary for five years. I live in Southaven with my husband and love manatees, Mississippi State, roller coasters, and individualizing instruction! Please email me at any time in any language!

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Visit whitneyknightrorie.weebly.com for weekly tips for teaching English Language Learners in middle and high schools!

About our Team

I could not be more lucky to work with our team of Secondary EL Teachers in DeSoto County! This group of teachers is committed to providing our English Learners with high quality language development instruction each and every day! Our teachers use Schoology to instruct traditional and virtual students in the domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening based on English Language Development Standards. Students work toward and meet individualized language development goals while scheduled for the state-tested EL class.

Secondary EL Booklist

El Excellence Every Day: The Flip-To Guide for Differentiating Academic Literacy - Singer, Tonya W


Building Academic Language: Meeting Common Core Standards Across Disciplines, Grades 5-12 - Zwiers, Jeff


Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators - Fenner, Diane Staehr


Essential Linguistics, Second Edition: What Teachers Need to Know to Teach Esl, Reading, Spelling, and Grammar - Freeman, David E.

Videos for Teachers

Watch the video below to learn all about ELs in DeSoto County

Watch the video below to learn about Read Aloud Accommodations you can use with Schoology!

Watch the video below to learn about translation options for students!

Watch the video below to learn how to differentiate in Schoology